Factors, Multiples and Primes - Short Problems


This is part of our collection of Short Problems.

You may also be interested in our longer problems on Factors, Multiples and Primes.

Simon's Age

Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 3 - 2016
How many times has Simon's age changed from a square to a prime?

Factor Trio

KS 2 & 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 45 - 2013
Which of the numbers shown is the product of exactly 3 distinct prime factors?

Indivisible

KS 2 & 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 25 - 2011
Each time a class lines up in different sized groups, a different number of people are left over. How large can the class be?

Flora the Florist

KS 2 & 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 45 - 2009
Flora has roses in three colours. What is the greatest number of identical bunches she can make, using all the flowers?

Calculation 2000

KS 2 & 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 49 - 2013
What is the value of 2000 + 1999 × 2000?

Coin Collection

KS 2 & 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 5 - 2007,br />hen coins are put into piles of six 3 remain and in piles of eight 7 remain. How many remain when they are put into piles of 24?

Magician's Hat

KS 2 & 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 52 - 2009
Gar the Magician plays a card trick on his friends Kan and Roo. Can you work out his trick and find out the sum on Kan's cards?

Four or Five

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 19 - 2012
The diagram shows a large rectangle composed of 9 smaller rectangles. If each of these rectangles has integer sides, what could the area of the large rectangle be?

Little Goldbach

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 11 - 2009
How many of the numbers 1 to 20 are not the sum of two primes?

Seven from Nine

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 21 - 2013
In how many ways can seven of the numbers 1-9 be chosen such that they add up to a multiple of 3?

Last-but-one

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 1 - 2016
What is the last-but-one digit of 99! ?

Factorised Factorial

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 17 - 2010
The value of the factorial $n!$ is written in a different way. Can you work what $n$ must be?

Cakes and Buns

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 41 - 2006
Helen buys some cakes and some buns for her party. Can you work out how many of each she buys?

Birthday Tables

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 2 - 2016
How many tables of each type does Mark need at his birthday party?

17s and 23s

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 22 - 2010
Can you form this 2010-digit number...

Find from Factors

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 35 - 2006
A number has exactly eight factors, two of which are 21 and 35. What is the number?

Cinema Costs

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 41 - 2009
At a cinema a child's ticket costs £$4.20$ and an adult's ticket costs £$7.70$. How much did is cost this group of adults and children to see a film?

Missing Digit

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 37 - 2006
What digit must replace the star to make the number a nultiple of 11?

Many Clues, One Answer

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 35 - 2011
You are given lots of clues about a number. Can you work out what it is?

Grandma's Cake

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 7 - 2016
What is the smallest number of pieces grandma should cut her cake into to guarentee each grandchild gets the same amount of cake and none is left over.

Product 100

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 38 - 2010
The product of four different positive integers is 100. What is the sum of these four integers?

Prime Order

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 24 - 2006
How many of the rearrangements of the digits 1, 3 and 5 give prime numbers?

School Dinners

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 1 - 2009
Our school dinners offer the same choice each day, and each day I try a new option. How long will it be before I eat the same meal again?

Three Primes

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 6 - 2010
Can you find three primes such that their product is exactly five times their sum? Do you think you have found all possibilities?

Essential Supplies

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 25 - 2006
Chocolate bars come in boxes of 5 or boxes of 12. How many boxes do you need to have exactly 2005 chocolate bars?

Tinker, Tailor

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 4 - 2009
Bilbo and Frodo use a rhyme as they count their own cherry stones - where will they finish if they count all stones together?

Square LCM

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 7 - 2010
Using the hcf and lcf of the numerators, can you deduce which of these fractions are square numbers?

Back of the Queue

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 48 - 2013
What is the remainder when the number 743589×301647 is divided by 5?

Prime Pairs

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 41 - 2008
How many pairs of numbers of the form $x$, $2x+1$ are there in which both numbers are prime numbers less than $100$?

Factor List

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 48 - 2010
Tina has chosen a number and has noticed something about its factors. What number could she have chosen? Are there multiple possibilities?

Adjacent Factors

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 5 - 2011
Two numbers can be placed adjacent if one of them divides the other. Using only $1,...,10$, can you write the longest such list?

Producing Zeros

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 10 - 2008
If the numbers 1 to 10 are all multiplied together, how many zeros are at the end of the answer?

Almost a Million

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 26 - 2014
Which of the given numbers are divisible by 6?

Punky Fish

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 12 - 2008
A male punky fish has 9 stripes and a female punky fish has 8 stripes. I count 86 stripes on the fish in my tank. What is the ratio of male fish to female fish?

Expanding Zeros

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 22 - 2008
The following sequence continues indefinitely... Which of these integers is a multiple of 81?

One Less Remainder

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 39 - 2014
A whole number less than 100 gives remainders of 2, 3 and 4 when divided by 3, 4 and 5. What is the remainder when it is divided by 7?

Leftovers

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 26 - 2008
If $n$ is a positive integer, how many different values for the remainder are obtained when $n^2$ is divided by $n+4$?

HCF Expression

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 30 - 2010
Find out which two distinct primes less than $7$ will give the largest highest common factor of these two expressions.

Primes and Six

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 1 - 2015
If $p$ and $q$ are prime numbers greater than $3$ and $q=p+2$, prove that $pq+1$ is divisible by $36$.

Factor Sum

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 4 - 2015
Given any positive integer n, Paul adds together the factors of n, apart from n itself. Which of the numbers 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 can never be Paul's answer?

Divisible Palindrome

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 5 - 2014
What is the sum of the digits of the largest 4-digit palindromic number which is divisible by 15?

Divisible by Its Digit Sum

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 18 - 2016
The year 2010 is one in which the sum of the digits is a factor of the year itself. What is the next year that has the same property?

Nine Sum to Square

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 32 - 2007
One of these numbers is the largest of nine consecutive positive integers whose sum is a perfect square. Which one is it?

Tricky Customer

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 6 - 2015
Charlie doesn't want his new house number to be divisible by 3 or 5. How many choices of house does he have?

Digital Division

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 15 - 2014
How many three digit numbers formed with three different digits from 0, 1, 2, 3 and 5 are divisible by 6?

Added Power

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 33 - 2015
How many integers $n$ are there for which $n$ and $n^3+3$ are both prime?

Powerful Zeros

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 32 - 2006
How many zeros are there at the end of $3^4 \times 4^5 \times 5^6$?

Sticky Fingers

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 7 - 2011
Roo wants to puts stickers on the cuboid he has made from little cubes. Will he have any stickers left over?

Trailing Zeros

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 13 - 2009
How many zeros does 50! have at the end?

Supercomputer

KS 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 28 - 2014
What is the units digit of the given expression?

Square Product

KS 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 10 - 2011
Will this product give a perfect square?